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Coming Back to Social Work

Social Work is one of the most demanding careers you can pursue. For all that it’s also very rewarding, it can be emotionally exhausting, and the stress of working so hard without access to all the resources you need is draining. It’s no surprise that some people choose to leave social worker jobs after a few years, in search of a less demanding and intense career.

The Social Services still have a tremendous demand for more people, and experienced ones are a boon to them. As people recover from a break from work in the frontline of Social Care, they start to think about returning to it. Until now, it’s been difficult for these two needs to meet, and solve each other, but a new government scheme is giving support for up to 120 experienced Social Workers to return to the fold and offer support where it’s really needed.

The Return to Social Work programme is based on a smaller trial that successfully retrained and reintroduced 20 social workers who had left the profession. This larger scheme is working with Local Authorities in the East of England, West Midlands and London areas to court ex-Social Workers back into the system to provide their experience where it really counts.

The closing date has passed for applicants to give their details via, but if the cohort of 120 make a successful return to social work, we can be sure the opportunity will return, and be spread to new areas of the country.

This is a great step forward for the Social Services in England, Scotland and Wales: as well as using a lot of resources to train vital new social workers, the smart use of existing resources to claw back experienced workers to assign to key roles is extremely important. With more than five thousand vacancies for child and family social workers alone, finding people who have left the service and getting them re-registered and practicing is an important step toward filling that skill gap.

It’s also important, of course for reforms to social work jobs and policy to make it a more attractive career for people to stay in long term, otherwise neither new recruits nor people returning to the fold will be retain for long, and there will be even more social worker vacancies to fill.

For those currently unsure about remaining in social work, working with agencies can be a good solution: hours are flexible by nature, so you can fit your work around your life, and pay tends to be higher too!



Running an Interview That Works for You

Hiring is one of the most important processes in your business. Getting the right employee means they’ll contribute their skills and expertise to the business for years to come, and they can influence and motivate far outside what you might expect from their job description, especially when you’re hiring at a high level.

If you get the wrong employee, you’ve committed a big resource investment and brought someone into your business who can’t earn back that investment. Someone who’s floundering, out of their depth and not able to manage effectively can have a similar negative effect beyond their level as a great employee’s ability to inspire. Hiring is getting more expensive and getting the best of the process is more and more important to running your business well.

Know Who You’re Looking For

Before you even begin hiring, you need to know who you’re looking for. Hiring simply because ‘you feel the time is right’ or you want to manage more people is self defeating. Hiring for hiring’s sake is not a good business decision. You need to identify a pressing need in your business, whether that’s simply for the capacity for more basic work, or the need for new skills and experience at the executive level.

Make sure you’re specific to your business: if you’re trying to expand, you need executives who are experienced in growth and hungry for that challenge. That’s a very different group of people to the right executives to shepherd your business through a period of belt tightening and retrenchment.

Use these specifics to get write a person specification you can use to inform your hiring and interview process.

Use the Specialists

If you’re looking for a firm that does Executive Search London has plenty to offer. Find someone who specialises in your niche, and who you can build a constructive relationship with. Your recruiter should be a partner, rather than simply someone you call for a list of candidates, so they can fit who they send to the specific needs of your business.

Be Welcoming

When you’re holding an interview, the aim is to elicit lots of honest information from your candidates so you can make an informed decision about who is best for your business.You won’t achieve this by intimidating them.

Try to defuse the formal atmosphere by holding the interview in a different format: don’t just have three people facing the candidate across a desk. Try holding it in a cafe, or seated in a circle.

Avoid surprises, so the candidate can prepare useful answers and examples for you, and take a real interest: follow up on the threads of their answers to find out more details.

If you follow this advice you’ll be able to hire in people who can take your business to the next level!



3 Ways Parents Should Financially Prepare for the Future

There is a big difference between preparing for the future as an adult and preparing for the future as a parent. Parents have a great deal of financial responsibilities, and they have less time than they had before they had children to accomplish them. This takes careful planning, investment, and occasional risks. But if you organize your finances correctly, you’ll have a secure future for yourself and for your children. Here are three of the best examples.

Life insurance is a vital tool for parents, without exception. You can talk to a life insurance company to learn about a policy type that is affordable, while still providing more than enough for your children and partner if you were to unexpectedly die. The same should go for your partner. Parting of having dependents is not just caring for them while you are alive, but seeing to their well-being while they transition to independence. When a parent suddenly dies, there is no transition involved. Providing the financial tools for your children to be taken care of during a sad and vulnerable time in their lives is one of the greatest ways a parent can prepare for the future. It also yields a great deal of peace of mind for all guardians involved in raising the children.

Every parent should invest in some way. Investment is the only reliable way to preserve and grow wealth into the future. National currencies tend to inflate, meaning that they lose value over time. The $10,000 in your savings account will be able to buy much less in 10 years than it can buy today. Investing the same $10,000 in a tax-sheltered investment account like an IRA could bring the total to nearly $100,000 in a decade or so. Investment accounts can be used to save for retirement, for college, for a new home, or any other major goal. It’s a great way to build long term security for your family, with the possibility of providing aid to your kids at some future time.

Parents with stable income who plan to stay in a specific area for a few years or more should really consider buying a house. Buying a home provides a number of ways for a family to become more stable. For one, monthly mortgage costs are always less than the monthly rent paid for a single property. Another benefit is that paying off your mortgage builds equity, which can be liquidated someday or borrowed against. There are also intangible benefits to home ownership, including being able to do what you want and live how you dream, without worrying about the rules of some landlord. It works well for many parents and kids, and it builds family wealth in the process.

There are many ways that parents should be preparing for the future, financially speaking. When you have kids, you have not only your future to prepare for but the future of your children. Start laying the groundwork today and never stop. When your kids are grown up you will have accomplished a great deal, for them and for yourself.